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St Mary Star of the Sea School is a regional Catholic school serving Hampton Roads since 1923. It is served by the Dominican Sisters of Saint Cecilia. It is accredited by Saint Mary Star of the Sea School is accredited by the Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA). MSA is a worldwide leader in accreditation and school improvement. For over 130 years, Middle States has been helping school leaders establish and reach their goals, develop strategic plans, promote staff development, and advance student achievement. Hundreds of faith-based schools seek out MSA accreditation because MSA supports and recognizes the importance of having schools fulfill their missions under their specialized faith-based traditions and values. 

Admission to Saint Mary’s is open to children entering grades Pre-K - 8.  Prospective students are encouraged to experience the life of the school with a visit arranged through the school office. During this visit, parents and prospective students can meet with our principal and observe the daily spiritual, intellectual, and social aspects of the school environment. 

We look forward to welcoming many new families to Saint Mary’s and encourage all members of the school community to refer prospective families to the school. We welcome tour requests year-round. Come visit us!

Tuition assistance is based on financial need. Families who are seeking financial assistance for next school year can apply now with FACTS Tuition Assistance. Detailed information about seeking financial assistance can be found here for 2023-2024 school or here for 2024-2025 school year.  You may also contact Deacon Michael Brown, Finance Manager by phone: 757-723-6358 or email:

Saint Mary Star of the Sea School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, or disability in its educational program activities, or employment practices. As a Roman Catholic School, we joyfully exercise our responsibility to pass on the teachings of the Catholic faith. 

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